Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

Living as I do in the D.C. suburbs, I have literally thousands of photos of dozens of monuments from throughout the area. I could create an entire blog dedicated solely to exploring a monument every week. I won’t however. But for this week’s Photo Challenge, I will focus on one of them: the most recognizable monument in the area, and in many ways, the least interesting–the Washington Monument.

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Built from 1848 to 1854 and 1877 to 1884, halted for 23 years by political machinations, war, and funding. (Nothing has changed in the political climate.) Believe it or not, when completed, it was the tallest structure in the world, a title it held for 5 years until being surpassed by the Eiffel Tower. It remains, at 555 feet, 5 inches, the world’s tallest stone structure (excluding mountains) and is the world’s tallest obelisk (outside of Stanley Kubrick’s imagination).

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George and Martha thank you. (There is no truth to George’s claim that his monument is, ahem, life sized.)


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